Last year, Rapid Response launched a scholarship program to give the youth of today the opportunity to gain valuable skills in technology through a college education, and unlock their potential to become future leaders in the world of STEM.
Given today’s financial challenges to attend college, it’s especially gratifying for us to be able to announce the 2023 recipients of our High School Technology Scholarships program. We have recognized three local high school seniors with scholarships to be applied toward their college journey. They have each demonstrated a passion for technology and interest in pursuing technology as a career.
All recipients will be given priority consideration to join #TeamRapid for our summer internship opportunities in our Software Development and Information Technology (IT) departments, at our Headquarters in Syracuse, NY, providing access to invaluable mentorship. As a large Central New York employer, Rapid Response is committed to employing local talent and establishing a strong team of specialists within the technology field.
As the Senior Manager of Recruitment and Talent Projects, reviewing each application was extremely inspiring and refreshing. It allowed us to take a deep look at the interests and values of the new wave of STEM leaders, who are full of potential, socially conscious, and committed to helping advance and shape the technology industry. I am pleased to share the 2023 Rapid Response Technology Scholarship recipients:
Zaria Lewis (1st place: $7,500)
Jamesville-Dewitt High School
Attending Cornell University | Computer Engineering
As a soon-to-be first-generation college student, Zaria leads by example in both her academics and extra-curricular activities, including learning a variety of coding languages and participating in STEM programs and clubs. She is currently involved in the Engineering Club, Math Team, and Model UN, among several other extracurriculars. Zaria wants to be a role model for others and will be a first-generation college student. She is going to Cornell University to obtain a Computer Engineering degree.
Emily Evans (2nd place: $5,000)
Skaneateles High School
Attending James Madison University | Computer Information Systems & Business Analytics
Emily impressed us with her dedication, commitment, and time management skills. She is a full-time student, student athlete, and works part-time while juggling school. She shows great initiative to take on more schoolwork to ensure she can complete as many college credits as possible prior to entering college. She is currently part of the Women in STEM Club and a Senior Mentor for other students. She will be attending college to obtain a degree in Computer Information Systems.
Joseph Carmosino (3rd place: $2,500)
Fowler High School
Attending Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) | Computer Security
Joe is attending RIT for his undergraduate degree and hopes to obtain a Master’s degree to work for a company to help strengthen their cybersecurity. He is eager to join the hacking club at RIT and has already created a GitHub webpage where he shares his love of coding. He is currently a part of CTE Expo Fair Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity: Hackathon Experience, and has won the Syracuse University Summer 2021 Program Scholarship and Rochester Institute of Technology Computing Medal and Scholarship Program.
We would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to all our scholarship recipients. Your achievements and commitment to STEM education have truly impressed us.
To share the exciting news with the recipients, our Talent Acquisition Team had the privilege of surprising each winner with a big check at their high school.
Once again, congratulations to Zaria Lewis, Emily Evans, and Joseph Carmosino on your well-deserved scholarships. We wish you a future with many more accomplishments and look forward to staying connected.
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